My First Pork Butt on MES 40 w/AMNPS

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jpenny2525, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    I have been smoking for years using an Oklahoma Joe Offset Smoker and love the results of the BBQ that it produces, but with all the burn bans that we have had this summer I was going into BBQ withdrawals. So, to get my BBQ fix I bought a MES 40 from Sam's Club for $300.00 and so far love the results (I have since cooked two 8lbs butts for our unit meeting at work which turned out GREAT!) The only thing missing was the smoke ring, but I have read various post on how to obtain the smoke ring and will give it a try and post more pics to share the results. Regardless of the missing smoke ring the butt was AMAZING!! I think part of the amazing flavor was due to the AMNPS which made it a true set it and forget it with a 11 hour burn. BTW, I want to give Todd at A-Maze-N-Smoke a big THANK YOU for being so helpful providing me information on which model would fit my need, AND providing me the $10.00 off code!  


    MES with BBQ Guru checking temp which was about 2 degrees off.


    AMNPS which lasted for a tad over 11 hours


    Just under 9lbs at 225 for 13.5 hours. Once done I wrapped it in foil then

    with a thick towel. I then placed it in an ice chest to rest and continue to

    break down. After 4 hours it was still almost too hot to handle by hand, but

    is there any other way to pull pork except by hands. Plus it makes it easier

    to sample as I prepare the pulled pork. =)



    A peek at the AMNPS


    As you can see there isn't a "Smoke Ring", but will try some of the suggestions

    that I read on the SMF and see how that goes, but that didn't take away from the

    awesome flavor that I was able to get out of the MES/AMNPS!


    Awwww GOOD EATS! =)
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks delicious!
  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks awesome!  [​IMG]

      I have a MES30 and the AMAZN smoker and I have "cheated" quite a few times to get the smoke ring!!  It works great and does impress folks!!!!

  4. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice looking pig. Going to break my MES out and try it next week. I'ver always had great results with it. Need to buy and AMAzing for it. Sounds like from the board they are the bomb.
  5. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

  6. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi jenny2525
    I'm new to this it looks great can't wait for my first one.I have just one question on your AMNPS why is it located on the top and not on the bottom ?we all know smoke rises, just curious like I said I'm new and still learning.
  7. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    Why did I place the AMNPS on top rack? Well, the instruction said to put the AMNPS above the air supply and that's where I figured I would give it a try, and I wanted to make sure none of the drippings end up putting the pellets out. I know smoke rises, but he AMNPS does such a great job with amount of smoke it puts out the meat still came out with a nice smoke flavor. I will say the 2nd batch I did I placed the AMNPS on the very bottom of the smoker and the results in flavor was the same... GREAT!
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's very interesting that the AMNPS would work so well at the top of the smoker. It sure would eliminate some of the issues like

    protecting it from grease & keeping plenty of air flow around it.

    I bet Todd has tried this before, if not I think he will be doing some experimenting this weekend!
  9. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    I too was amazed at how well the AMNPS did, and I plan to do some more experimenting/smoking this labor day weekend to see if I can have flavor AND a smoke ring. My wife thinks I am crazy to work on having a smoke ring since the flavor was all there! Still... If I can get it then I want it!
  10. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    very nicely done.......I've got some pulled pork in the fridge I did a couple of days ago and after seeing your pics I'm going to go have a nibble....thanks for posting   [​IMG]
  11. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the feed back I just ordered one but now I have to wait till the 14th the smoker I just got is dead right after its first run sending it back (MES 30) and ordered a MES 40 instead will have it the 14th of this month. I did some fatties hope to have them up in the fattie forum soon.

    Thank you and a special thanks to SmokinAl for his help

    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  12. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks great from here.....enjoy the new toy
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nothing like a AMNPS....I do like mine...Nice job on your smoke...

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